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Actual Footage of the ‘Mother of All Bombs’ (MOAB) Dropped in Afghanistan

Afghanistan (April 13, 2017) - A GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb strikes ISIS-K cave and tunnel systems in the Achin district of the Nangarhar Province in eastern Afghanistan at 7:32 p.m. local time Thursday.

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KABUL, Afghanistan (April 13, 2017) – A video provided by the Department of Defense (DoD) shows actual footage of the Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB), a.k.a. “Mother of All Bombs” dropped on the Islamic State (ISIS) in Afghanistan. The 21,000-pound, 30-foot GBU-43/B was dropped from a C-130 aircraft, 18,700 pounds of which was the warhead.

“At 7:32 p.m. local time today, US forces – Afghanistan conducted a strike on an ISIS-K tunnel complex in Achin district, Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, as part of ongoing efforts to defeat ISIS-K in Afghanistan in 2017,” U.S. Central Command said in a statement.

ISIS-K refers to the ISIS offshoot in Afghanistan and Pakistan, otherwise known as ISIS-Khorasan or the Khorasan Group. Officials say the strike killed 36 Islamic State militants.

“As ISIS-K’s losses have mounted, they are using IEDs, bunkers, and tunnels to thicken their defense,” Gen. John W. Nicholson, the commander of US forces in Afghanistan, said in the statement. “This is the right munition to reduce these obstacles and maintain the momentum of our offensive against ISIS-K.”

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Rich, the People's Pundit, is the Data Journalism Editor at PPD and Director of the PPD Election Projection Model. He is also the Director of Big Data Poll, and author of "Our Virtuous Republic: The Forgotten Clause in the American Social Contract."

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